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Church Service Dress Code

Morning/Day For Him

(UK and Commonwealth)


Hats are not normally worn
There may be some regional variations, particularly due to local climate and season.



Bow ties are acceptable but are very unusual and should be avoided.

The top button of the collar of the shirt must be done up.

Tie pins are generally out of fashion.

Avoid novelty items.


Suit Jacket
Plain dark suits are the safest option, but any good quality suit is suitable.

A pinstripe can also be a good choice, especially in the finance industry or in management.

(A blazer is not normally acceptable.)


Collared Formal Shirt
Clean and well pressed. White is the universally preferred colour.

Ideally the shirt should be double cuffed and worn with cufflinks.

Avoid button down collars.


Suit Trousers
Must match the jacket.

Avoid wearing the same suit for two consecutive days.

A second pair of matching trousers is always a good idea with every business suit, if available, as they suffer more wear than the jacket.


Formal Socks
Ideally the same colour as your suit.

At least as dark as your suit.

Mid-calf length.

No patterns, logos, or pictures.


Formal Shoes

Preferably black.

At least as dark as your socks.

Always wear lace up shoes.

People are often judged on their shoes so good quality shoes can be a good investment in business.


If weather requires.

The classic supplement to a suit.
Raincoat / Mac'
If weather requires.

More practical on public transport and popular in cities.


Worn with a double cuff dress shirt.

Essential, unless impractical due to the nature of your work, or not worn by your colleagues.

Avoid novelty items.
If desired.

Should be a good quality analogue watch.
A wedding or engagement ring is always allowed. Other rings should be kept to a minimum.


In General
Different industries, cultures, and companies have their own conventions which you should try observe and adopt.

The purpose of full business dress is to present a uniform face which is conducive to business so it is generally counter productive to individualise your own style.

People generally like to do business with people like them themselves as they often feel they can communicate and work well with them.
Dress For Success
Generally it's best to 'fit in', so take your cue from your peers and try to dress to the same standard. This helps with interpersonal communication.

Or if you are ambitious and don't mind showing it, dress to the standard of the role that you aspire to.
Religious Items
Religious clothing or other items are generally allowed if they are prescribed by a recognised religion.

Optional items may not be appropriate if they may impact on those around you or restrict your activities.

Policy varies between organisations but in western cultures there is normally a right in law to wear clothing required by religious belief, except where this prevents you from fulfilling your duties (such as where it might conflict with Health and Safety considerations).